Inactive rule diminishes Super Bowl experience

February, 1, 2009
2/01/09
5:25
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

TAMPA, Fla. -- The NFL prohibits teams from keeping more than 45 players active on game days. The system is designed to help teams with numerous injuries compete more evenly against healthier opponents.

I'm not sure the benefit outweighs the excruciating decisions coaches must make in the playoffs and Super Bowl. Eric Green, Tim Castille, Victor Hobson, Elliot Vallejo, Brandon Keith, Alan Branch and Jerame Tuman presumably enjoyed the Cardinals' Super Bowl experience this week. None is eligible to suit up for the game, however, thanks to the 45-man limit.

That doesn't seem right, especially in a Super Bowl.

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